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To submit a cancellation or postponement, please call 785-483-3121 or email [email protected].

NOTE: The KRSL Studio/Building located at 1984 North Main Street in Russell is closed to visitors effective immediately as a precautionary measure to the continued spread of COVID-19. This measure has been put in place in an abundance of caution for our staff and the community. Anyone needing to speak with someone in sales, news, sports or accounting is encouraged to call 483-3121 or email General Manager Mike McKenna at [email protected].



  • All school districts in Kansas moving to online education for remainder of 2019-20 school year.
  • Buttons & Bows Preschool in Russell is closed through April 21 due to statewide stay-at-home order.


  • All spring sports and practices for all school districts in Kansas for the 2020 season have been canceled by direction of KSHSAA.
  • Russell Recreation youth soccer season is canceled. Also, the gym, fitness room and classroom at Russell Recreation Center are closed to the public until further notice. Although, RRC staff can be reached by calling 483-6966 or email [email protected].


  • 52nd annual Hays High Plains Barbershop Chapter Show on April 4 in Hays has been canceled due to concerns with coronavirus.
  • Dorrance Historical Society Pancake Feed on March 28 has been postponed.
  • Trinity Community Thrift Store in Russell is closed. Not accepting donations until further notice.
  • Mobile Job Fair presented by Russell Co. Eco Devo and CVB and KansasWorks on March 25 at Klema's Parking Lot in Russell is postponed.
  • Black Gold Pheasants Forever annual banquet on March 28 is postponed.
  • The Center of Everywhere Osborne County Expo on April 3 is postponed.
  • Russell Rotary Club meetings on Tuesdays at noon have been canceled until further notice.
  • The Russell VFW is closed until further notice. All Stag/Stagettes are canceled until further notice. The Commanders Party on April 18 is canceled. Bingo is also canceled until further notice.
  • No bingo at the Russell Senior Center for the rest of March.
  • The Russell Sunrise Kiwanis Club will not meet until further notice.
  • The Russell High School Trap Shoot at LaSada Lodge on April 11 is postponed.
  • Russell Senior Center is closed and no activities until further notice. Meals will continue for home delivery and a grab-and-go will be made available to those on their congregate list. No new names can be added.
  • Russell Community Theater spring production "Escabana" has been postponed to later date. Show was originally scheduled for April 28 through May 2.
  • Russell American Legion is closed until further notice.
  • Russell Public Library is closed until further notice. A special online meeting via Zoom has been called on Wednesday, April 1 at 12 PM to discuss plans regarding COVID-19.
  • Russell Sunrise Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt on April 11 is postponed. The group may hold the event at a later date.
  • Waldo Alumni gathering scheduled for May 9 has been canceled.


  • UMB Bank in Russell will service clients through the drive-thru only due to concerns about coronavirus. The bank now will be open Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM, but the lobby will be closed. If you have questions, call 483-6800.
  • Midway Extension District Offices in Russell and Ellsworth are closed through May 16 due to concerns about coronavirus. Agents will be telecommuting (working from home) and available by phone and email. The Russell office number is 483-3157 and Ellsworth office number is 785-472-4442.
  • Dream Theater in Russell is closed until further notice.
  • McDonald's in Russell has gone to drive-thru and take-out until further notice. The restaurant seating areas are closed.
  • Wilson State Bank remains open during normal hours at all locations. The lobby and drive-thru are open as normal. Online banking is available, too, through the bank's website.
  • Southwind Bank drive-thru is open regular hours, but the lobby is temporarily closed. All bank services will still be available in some capacity. If you need assistance, call 1-800-522-0172 or 483-2300.
  • Klema Apple Market in Russell is adjusting hours until further notice. The store is now open Monday through Saturday from 7 AM to 8 PM and Sundays from 8 AM to 7 PM. The store is cleaning and sanitizing throughout the day. Also, hand sanitizer stations are available in the store along with wipes for carts. Asking limit grocery shopper to one family member and not bring reusable bags into store.
  • Midwest Family Health Pharmacy in Russell remains open, but is now locking their front doors. They will continue offering the same service through their drive thru, local delivery and mail service. Call 483-2119 for refills or send a secure message to the on the RxLocal Mobile App. Let them know your needs and they will be happy to gather your over the counter items. With that said, Midwest Family Health is providing services a little different to keep everyone safe.
  • Meridy's Restaurant in Russell is closed until further notice.
  • Woelk's House of Diamonds, The Kitchen Vault and Espresso Ect. in Russell is closed until further notice.
  • The Closet Boutique in Russell is closed until further notice. If you have questions, call 483-5600.
  • Lobbies at all Nex-Tech stores are closed to public until further notice. Staff can be reached by phone or email.
  • Paul Lampert office in Russell is closed until further notice to the public and for routine exams. They will see patients in the case of an emergency by calling 483-2291.
  • State Farm Insurance Mark Ptacek office in Russell is closing lobby to public. For assistance, call 483-6624.
  • American Family Insurance Brian Ruder office in Russell is closing lobby to public. For assistance, call 483-6052.
  • Farm Bureau Financial Services office in Russell - Jason Pfeifer and Afton Brown - not accepting in office or walk-in appointments until further notice. If you need to make an appointment or have questions, call Jason at 483-1805 or Afton at 483-1710.
  • OPI in Russell is limiting public access to the store. Please call 483-1772, email staff or place orders online at Limited deliveries still available.
  • Russell Eyecare Center is closed to the public until further notice. Staff will be in office Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 5 PM for questions and emergencies. If you have questions, call 483-2451.
  • Encore Antiques and Collectables / Veez Unlimited in Russell is closed until further notice.
  • Russell Specialty Books and Gifts is closed.
  • Snack Shack and Vape E-Scape inside Mecca Plaza in Russell have made some changes. Snack Shack lobby is closed and offering carry out, curbside and delivery for lunch Monday through Friday. Vape E-Scape is open, but with new hours Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 5 PM.
  • Heritage Insurance announces their lobby is closed.  They can be reached at 483-6633.
  • Russell Dental Care is available for emergencies only. Call Dr. Michael Jones at 483-9640.


  • Russell Area Association of Churches is canceling remainder of Lenten Luncheon Series. 
  • No small groups will meet at Trinity United Methodist Church in Russell until further notice. This includes WOW, youth, Thursday bible study, adult and children's Sunday school and choir practice and performances. No large gatherings at church. Sunday services will be broadcast online through the church's website
  • All Masses at St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Russell and St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in Gorham, except Funeral Masses, are canceled until further notice. The church at St. Mary Queen of Angels will remain open regular hours and chapel will be open 24/7 via the chapel door. Confessions by appointment only. There will be no stations of the cross on Friday evenings until further notice.
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wilson is closed through April 11.
  • No Sunday services at Olive Branch Chapel in Russell through April 12. Services, though, will be offered through Facebook Live on the church's Facebook page. Small groups will meet Monday evening for men and Thursday evening for women.
  • No sevices and activities at Bible Baptist Church in Russell through April 26.
  • Service on March 29 are canceled at First Congregational Church in Russell. Will be doing virtual services. Please call Pastor Ron at 785-483-8552 for the virtual services info. Must have a valid email address to participate.
  • No services March 29 through April 19 at United Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Milberger.
  • St. John Lutheran Church in Russell has suspended all in-person worship services and activities effective immediately and until further notice. This includes Sunday School for all ages, Bible studies, choir practices and other small group meetings. Each week, the 10:30 AM Sunday Service will be streamed via and we will continue to broadcast on KRSL 990 AM and 98.1 FM as scheduled. Contact the church office at 483-5358 with any questions, prayer requests or other concerns. At this time, the office is open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 1:30 PM.
  • March 29 services canceled at Luray United Methodist Church, Lucas United Methodist Church and Amherst United Methodist Church.
  • Services at Bunker Hill United Methodist Church are canceled until further notice.

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Bill Murphy, Covert

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Tim Maier, 4 miles E of Galatia

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Ronny Letsch, Luray

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Troy Waymaster, 7.5 miles S of Bunker Hill

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Linda Eck, Tipton

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Dustin and Sarah Finkenbinder, Waldo

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Kory Killian, 10.5 Miles South of Russell

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Bob Schmitt Farm, South of Gorham

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Carolyn Schultz, 7 miles NW of Lucas

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Leslie Betts, 4 miles SW of Dorrance

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Wayne Funk, 3 miles West of Milberger

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Brad Zorn, 6 NW of Dorrance

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Merl Ney, 10 Miles South of Russell

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Larry Pasek, Dorrance

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Keith Haberer, 8 miles NW of Russell

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Gary Kilian, 6 miles North of Russell on Hwy 281 No Report

Jerry & Ramona Brown, 3 Miles SE of Bunker Hill

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Jerry Morgenstern, Hoisington

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Steve and Raeleen Reinhardt, 11 SW of Russell

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Larry and Sandy Daugherty, Russell

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Russell County Landfill, 4 Miles N of Russell No Report
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